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Secret Recruitment By Government Agencies Is Punishable- Reps

Mr Teejay Yusuf of the House of Representatives has sponsored the motion against secret recruitments by ministries, band agencies of the federal government. The bill being proposed in the Prohibition Of Secret Recruitment in the Federal Civil Service, have made any recruitment by any MDA without publishing the vacancy, illegal and punishable.

According to Yusuf, “The bill seeks to promote integrity and transparency in the recruitment of personnel into the Federal Civil Service by making it an offence for a federal ministry, agency or parastatal to fill existing vacancies in their organisations if such vacancies have not been published.”

According to a statement in the bill, “It shall be the policy of the Federal Government to promote efficiency in the allocation of personnel in the Federal Civil Service, as well as transparency and equal opportunities in the recruitment and hiring of new personnel”.

The bill further read that, “Accordingly, it shall be an offence for any Federal Government ministry, agency or parastatal to fill a vacancy in their establishment unless the vacancies are well publicised before the commencement of the recruitment exercise. The publication referred to in Subsection 2 shall be in two national newspapers”

The bill also stated that “Any person who violates the provisions of Section 2 (2) of this Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months or to both”.

Reading further, the bill says, “Where a Federal Government ministry, agency or parastatal commits an offence under this Act, the head of such ministry, agency or parastatal shall be guilty of the offence and punishable as prescribed in Subsection 1.”

Some agencies have been summoned by the Senate Committee on Federal Character over alleged secret recruitments. Such agencies included the Federal Inland Revenue Service; National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, National Space Research and Development Agency, and the National Open University.

The Federal Civil Service Commission, the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, the Rural Electrification Agency, and the Nigerian Navy have also been summoned by the committee.

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